Hey guys! One of the things I like so much about this blog is that it is a platform for me to share stuff with you guys that I really believe in, and this is one of those things. My friend Laura’s dad (oceanographer) came up with this awesome product called Shellbond. It can help so much with cleaning up the oil spill.
Report from CNN.Com
Basically Shellbond is a mixture of oyster shells and animal bones. When you drop it on the oil/water, it works with the water to absorb the oil. When it is absorbed, it floats to the bottom of the ocean where it will eventually break up… Cool, huh? The animal bones and oyster shells are things that already exist in the ocean, so it’s not like introducing a totally new element. It’s organic! I wish the idea had been mine!!
Ok, you guys have to watch the videos! First, they do a great job at demonstrating the product, and second, he is just super cute explaining it!
This is a video demonstrating what happens when you sprinkle it on the surface of water where oil has been spilled. See how it bonds to the oil and falls to the bottom?
This video shows the Shellbond interacting with the oil directly. It acts as a sponge sort of…. So you see the oil sitting there, then you sprinkle the Shellbond on it, and it becomes a paste. The paste can then be scraped off and put in a landfill, where it will decompose, because… once again… it’s organic!
And here is the best part. Shellbond has partnered with Glynne’s Soaps to produce an all natural soap that the workers could use on those sweet little birds that are covered in oil. I don’t know about you guys, but the birds covered in oil are heartbreaking to me. I know that right now the volunteers are using Dawn soap to clean the birds… and while that works, I think it takes something like 5 hours and 3 people to clean one pelican.
This photo shows the release of two of 62 pelicans cleaned from the oil spill. Using Shellbond, moments like this can happen a lot more often.
Ok, so are you convinced?
So, how can you help? Tell someone.
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There is a box on the right hand side of this page of this blog called “Tell your Friends.” If ten people tell ten people… think of all the lives that could be saved.
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